Reviews for Story of Holly and Ivy


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
An orphan, an unpurchased doll, and a lonely older couple persevere through a cold Christmas Eve and are united by fate for a joyous holiday morning. Texturally rich and evocatively wintry, this reissue is timeless: "a story about wishing" not for trucks or dolls but for home and family, and a story about the universal gifts of warmth and love. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #6
In the city, all the orphans have been sent to spend Christmas with generous families-all except Ivy, who must travel to an "infants' home" instead. Rejecting this arrangement, Ivy gets off the train in the nostalgic country town of Appleton, where a Christmas doll named Holly hopes for a little girl to claim her, and a lonely couple longs for a child. Persevering through a cold but moonlit Christmas Eve, all four-Holly, Ivy, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones-are united for a joyous morning. Godden's luminous tale of Christmas magic (first published in Ladies' Home Journal in 1957 and now reissued with Cooney's paintings for the 1985 edition) deserves its classic status. Texturally rich and evocatively wintry, it is timeless: "a story about wishing" not for trucks or dolls but for home and family, and a story about the universal gifts of warmth and love we all have to offer. Read this one with the whole family. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1987 November #2
A beautiful story of wishing: of a little girl who wants a doll and a grandmother; of a doll that yearns for a child's arms around it; and of a lonely policeman's wife who wants a child in her home. Ages 5-10. (October) Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.

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